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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Mr C Swabey, BA (Hons), PGCE

A Level Course Outline

The aim of the Theatre Studies course is to develop your interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre both as active participants and as informed members of an audience, fostering an enthusiasm for, and critical appreciation of, the subject. The course involves approaching performance texts in a variety of ways, as a performer, designer and director. Students also study a range of performance styles and key practitioners, such as Artaud, Brecht, Berkoff, Frantic Assembly, Le Navet Bete, and Stanislavski. Students create their own devised work based on a stimuli from Eduqas/WJEC, whilst also performing an extract from a chosen play. Students also complete a third practical task, which involves re-interpreting an extract from a chosen play, to create a new piece of Drama, using at least 30% of the original text. In the written examination, students respond to ideas for staging, performing and designing key extracts from both the set texts, ‘As You Like It’, and ‘Love and Information’, as well as a pre-released extract from the play ‘A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’.

In terms of extra-curricular involvement, A-level students also take on the role of Assistant Director or Stage Managers for our main school production, and lower school performance evenings. A-level students have also been responsible for supporting Year 11 Drama examination students, through Directing their performances.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

Due to the multi-functional skills that are developed, such as working under pressure situations, public speaking, working individually, as well as part of a group dynamic, whilst being able to show both creative and analytical skills, this qualification can lead to a wide range of careers not only in theatre but also in a range of Public Services such as Teaching, Health and Social Care, Law, Politics, Journalism, and Media.

Course Content

Examination Board

 

 

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the Eduqas website 

WJEC Eduqas GCE A Level in Drama and Theatre

Component 1 –

‘Re-interpretation’

 

 

Coursework

20% of A-level

(60 marks)

Students select a text from the exam board’s set text list, then choose an extract to study. Their task is to create a new piece of Drama, using at least 30% of the dialogue from their selected extract, hence the name for this component being ‘the re-interpretation response’. The piece must also reflect key elements of the students’ chosen practitioner or theatre group. As well as performing a piece of Drama for an audience, students also write a creative log of 1,200 to a maximum of 1,500 words.

Component 2 -

 ‘Text in Action’ 

 

Coursework

40% of A-level

(120 marks)

Students select one stimuli from a choice of four given to them by the exam board. Students need to devise a piece of Drama in relation to this stimuli, and also select an extract from a published play text, which also relates to the stimuli, to be performed in front of the visiting examiner. Students must also write a creative log, detailing how both pieces have evolved, as well as complete a written evaluation within 10 days of their final performance.

Component 3 –

‘Text in Performance’

 

Written examination

40% of A-level

(120 marks)

 

Section A and B: Students study the two set-texts, ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Love and Information’. Students will be asked a series of questions on both plays, which include how extracts could be performed, designed or rehearsed for the stage. In Section B, students must respond to a statement given to them, detailing their ideas for how their chosen play text could be realised in performance; students must also refer to how live theatre experiences have developed their ideas.

Section C: Students are given a 10 page extract from ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ to study in advance of the final examination. In the examination, students will be asked one question on a two paged extract. Students also have to refer to live theatre to explain their creative decisions.